Archive for June, 2008

Shoujo Cliche – The Other Man (Round Robin)

June 30, 2008 Leave a comment

I decided to stick out of this topic, because I wonder if I am beating the dead horse. I actually don’t like this cliche at all and always feel sorry for the other man, probably being by himself or getting stuck with a sudden random character, such as the case of Yuki in Fruits Basket. Hence one of my mottos is to always watch something that doesn’t really have this situation. Too messy… I prefer OTP’s after all.

These are the fellow round robin member that has taken a stab at this prompt:

Categories: Round Robin

The Mechanics of Rape Fantasies

June 28, 2008 11 comments

This is the third round of the Round Robin and a double serving. I figure I’ll write on this prompt first and probably stay out of the second prompt. I promise that I will upload Rated R pictures…as well as write about things I am comfortable in confiding, I’ll probably be jumping all over the place. I’ll try and focus on the angle of hentai portrayal of women and my thoughts. Warning for the inclusion of adults only links, so do not click if you’re underage or not mature enough; if there’s anyone that knows me in real life and reads this post, then this is just me waxing prose on what I occasionally watch or play video games on.

What are your thoughts on rape fantasies? What’s the logic and appeal
behind indulging in rape fantasies? Do you have rape fantasies? Do you
find them acceptable? For this topic, there are several angles form
which you can address this prompt. While others
might wish to address the hentai genre and talk about their thoughts
on the depiction of women and sex in hentai [violence, tentacles,
bondage, etc]. Please note that this is going to be one of the most
challenging topics to write about because it’s so explosive and
bounded by taboo. These issues are ones that people would normally not
feel comfortable discussing in a public space.

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Categories: Round Robin

Loner or group?

June 23, 2008 1 comment

As a fan of Japanese related cultures products (Anime, Manga, Video Games, Cosplay, Fandoms). There was this small thought in the back of my mind. Are you a loner or a group member? I am not sure how to answer this question, so warning on this being a minor rant.

As a fan of anime – an otaku or hikikomori or fujoshi if you must label.. does your hobby make it more isolated for people to communicate with others? I know that the Round Robin discussed this in a round, but as I read my feed reader, I read this entry and some other entries on the past weekend’s Anime Next con – my question is being an Anime fan an isolating experience for anyone who would care to comment?

Personally I haven’t joined up with any anime club aside from high school. At high school, I met three people, that I still meet on a weekly basics. Every one else in that group dispersed into the winds, with occasional brief periods of reunions.

My undergrad college didn’t have any anime club, so I was mostly by myself when I watched anime, and it perpetuate into a pattern. Then as I moved back to my mother’s house, other than the weekly excursions to meet up with Mina, Aya, Matsuri, and Kero, I am not a part of any group.

I refuse to join up with my graduate college’s anime club, because of the distance away from home and how out of place I feel in that group.

Still I count myself lucky to be a part of a community where there are Japanese bookstores, Mitsuwa and Astor Place nearby. Also am happy for the various cultural events nearby.

So this is a minor rant and exploration.

Categories: Anime

Anime and Smoking

June 18, 2008 11 comments

Just inhale and breath, that’s how to smoke a cigarette right? Let’s just say this post came about, because of personal frustrations.. and wanting to find a cigarette to maybe appear cooler. Can’t because smoking is bad for one’s health and because it is so expensive to light up one these days. The price they make you pay is definitely not a productive way to even begin, or continue.

I smoked for a very short period during college, and that habit was quashed. The guilt you have to pick up a cigarette and light it is enormous.

Society and people certainly doesn’t promote it well, I received so much mixed messages. You see public ads all over the place, denouncing the consequences of smoking. Yet in anime, there is still those few characters that smoke and for me. It appears cool, in spite of the health hazard it creates. Arggh!!

These are anime characters I see smoking and to make this needless rant, purposeful on this blog.

Non pictured characters I imagine, would include Kenji from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Yuko from xxxHolic, Faye and Spike from Cowboy Bebop, Ryo from City Hunter among other characters. I wonder if there’s any other anime character that fits the bill of smoking and looking so cool.

Categories: Anime

Anime – High School – Anime Club

June 17, 2008 6 comments

These are series I associated and liked when I joined up with my high school’s anime club. This is where I have made many of my current real life friends and place that I have happy memories from. Read more…

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Otaku Round-Robin followup

June 16, 2008 3 comments

This is a follow up to an aspect in my previous Otaku post

I also seem to think that otaku is a male term with masculine expectations of fanservices, so I use the term fujoshi in it’s place…

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Categories: Round Robin

Anime: Primary years, elementary to Junior High…

June 15, 2008 2 comments

Well this is continuing from that first post dealing with openings from Pre-primary years. This next set of anime are what defined my years of elementary to junior high school.

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Otaku thoughts or should I say fujoshi?

June 15, 2008 19 comments

Ahh the next round of the Round Robin! Yay!!! So here’s the prompt and my answer following it.

Give your own definition of an “otaku”. Do you consider yourself an
otaku [be honest, try to avoid hypocrisy]? What impressions do you
hold towards an otaku [positive/ negative/ ambivalent]? What issues/
insecurities do you perceive in them? Can you empathize with their
insecurities? Do you personally think it’s acceptable to be an otaku?
Do you think people should care about being labeled an otaku? Do you
think that they are a product of society?

And finally: Are you sure you’re not confusing your own insecurities
and self-loathing with your antagonism towards an otaku?

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Categories: Round Robin
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